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Concord Singers seek accompanist

The accompanist is responsible for accompanying the choir at rehearsals and concerts on piano during the program year, September-May. Rehearsals are held weekly on Mondays from 7:15 to 9:15 and start the first Monday after Labor Day (September 10, 2018) and end mid-December after the concert, then re-commence the first Monday after New Year’s (January 7, 2019) and run until the spring concert, in mid-May.

Also required to accompany the choir at the two dress rehearsals on the Friday nights before the concerts. Two concerts per year: a holiday concert in early-mid December typically a Saturday night or Sunday afternoon and a spring concert in May usually Saturday night Mother’s Day weekend. There are also two additional outreach concerts--one per season. Concerts are generally 65-70 minutes of music. Next concerts are scheduled for Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4 PM, and Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7 PM.

Potential to rehearse private sectionals for additional compensation. These would be scheduled by the individual section leaders. This is a contract position and compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Reports to President and Board of Directors.

Qualifications and skills:

  • A degree in music
  • Minimum five years experience accompanying choirs
  • Advanced piano skills
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • Comfortable with a wide variety of musical genres
  • Must live or work within reasonable commuting distance of Summit, NJ
  • Preferred: the ability to step in and conduct rehearsals on an as-needed basis is helpful
To apply, submit resumes to concordsingersSummit@gmail.com. Timetable: mid-April: send your resume; end of April: "audition" (play for part of rehearsal); May: final decision and offer.
Posted 4/15/2018. Expires 5/15/2018.

Gordon Appleton visits Englewood for workshop in May (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Gordon Appleton died suddenly on April 1. Evensong will be led by Loraine Enlow. The Saturday program is cancelled.

Gordon Appleton, former president of the International Royal School of Church Music, will be in New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.

On Saturday he will give a presentation/workshop on new anthems, rehearsal techniques and teaching in New Brunswick; lunch will follow, then he will offer a demonstration of teaching and conducting Anglican chant. We ask for a $10 donation per participant and everyone is welcome.

On Sunday, May 6 he will conduct an Evensong at St. Paul's Church, 113 Engle Street, Englewood. Rehearsal at 3, service at 5. Repertoire will include Herbert Howells's Coll Reg service, Craig Philips's accompanied Preces and Responses, and Philip Wilby's If ye love me. We ask for a $10 donation per singer, and ask that every singer come to the event having learned the repertoire. Adults and young choristers are welcome!

Gordon Appleton worked for the RSCM for over thirty years in several senior posts, directed RSCM Voices North, and played a key role in the development of church music in Australia, Jamaica, South Africa and Europe. Many of you have had the pleasure of singing under Gordon's fine leadership at St Bart's Choral Festival in NYC. For information, contact Mark Trautman at mtrautman@stpaulsenglewood.org.
Posted 4/15/2018. Expires 5/6/2018.

Russian Chamber Chorus seeks low bass for spring program

Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, a 28-member semi-professional ensemble, is looking for a low bass. "Muses of the Night" is an exciting program that explores emotions of the nighttime, and features a wide variety of works by prominent Russian composers from the Romantic period, as well as contemporary compositions from Latvia, Hungary and Poland. Evening rehearsals from May 2 through June 2 at the Interchurch Center on UWS, on Wednesdays, one Monday (5/21) and Saturday afternoon (6/2). Concerts in Manhattan on May 31 ( 8 PM) and June 3 (4 PM). Must have resonant low register, have section leader skills, excellent reading/intonation and be very reliable. Contact Tamara at tamara@rccny.org with resume and questions.
Posted 4/5/2018. Expires 6/5/2018.

Zappateers need two basses, one alto, two sopranos

A very unusual choir, primarily dedicated to singing the music of Frank Zappa and related composers, arranged and conducted by Lee Tomboulian, needs the above to complete its staffing. We have just begun but we are already looking at performances into next year, and recording.

Required: some ability to read, blend; the music is a wide mix of classical, jazz and theater, as well as some fun improv sections. Humor and outgoing personality a must. Contact Lee Tomboulian at lee.tomboulian@gmail.com.
Posted 4/5/2018. Expires 6/5/2018.

Alexander Technique for Singers April 29 in Morristown, NJ

The New Jersey Choral Consortium will hold a workshop on The Alexander Technique: Breathing Coordination for Singers, presented by certified Alexander Technique teacher Valerie Van Hoven. Singers, choral conductors and voice teachers throughout the area are invited, including amateurs, professionals, students, those who sing in a choir and those who don’t. The workshop is on Sunday afternoon, April 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, at the Presbyterian Church at Morristown, 65 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. The cost is $15 for attendees from NJ Choral Consortium member choruses, or $20 for non-members; walk-in registrations are welcome if space is available. Register online at njchoralconsortium.org or by mail to New Jersey Choral Consortium, P.O. Box 5424, Somerset, NJ 08875-5424. For questions and further information, e-mail info@njchoralconsortium.org.

Participants will learn how their posture habits help or hinder their breath, and why different postures affect breath and, in turn, affect the singing voice. Included in the presentation will be some basic anatomical information so the ideas presented make sense and may be immediately put into practice. Participants will learn solutions to many singers' vocal issues: supporting the tone, running out of breath and maintaining tone quality in a phrase. Participants will be singing as a group to put these ideas into practice.

Valerie Van Hoven has studied music at the Hartt Conservatory and SUNY Purchase. She earned a BA in music education from Montclair State University, plus graduate certification from the American Center for the Alexander Technique. She is now an adjunct faculty member at both Montclair State University and Kean University, teaching voice and the Alexander Technique. Valerie has given workshops at Wagner College, Music Educators Association of New Jersey, Caldwell College and many other sites. An accomplished pianist with extensive experience in musical theater, she maintains a private studio in Denville, NJ, where she teaches voice, piano and lessons in Alexander Technique.
Posted 3/27/2018. Expires 4/29/2018.

Tenor and low bass needed for Russian church choir

Russian church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is seeking a permanent tenor and low bass to join our small, mixed a cappella choir. The choir sings services on Sunday mornings (9:30 AM to 12:30 PM), as well as other ad hoc services throughout the year. (A schedule of these services is provided in advance.) The applicant should possess excellent musicianship and sight-reading skills; the ability to read Russian fluently is a must. Compensation is $50/service. Applicants interested in auditioning for this paid position should contact Irene Gan at irene_a_gan@yahoo.com.
Posted 3/19/2018. Expires 5/19/2018.

New Rochelle Opera seeks male chorus members

New Rochelle Opera is seeking male chorus members for our spring production of La Bohème. Rehearsals Wednesday evenings in New Rochelle (rehearsals have already begun). No audition required. Some pay may be possible. Performances June 21-24, 2018 in New Rochelle. Please send e-mail of interest to camille@nropera.org.
Posted 3/2/2018. Expires 4/30/2018.

Hard Rock Choir seeking five members

An unusual, fun and powerful special event choir for those singers who also love classic rock. All genders, ethnicities and vocal ranges welcome. No sight reading involved. Need to be able to belt a song, reliable and sincere. Available to rehearse in Redding, CT and play special event paying gigs in mid-Fairfield County and mostly in Manhattan on some weekends throughout the year. The group will be promoted with a video recording to be shot in Norwalk. Rehearsals are unpaid. Paying gigs we be split what we make evenly amongst six people which could range from around $600. to $2400.

E-mail me with samples of your voice singing the first verse and chorus of Neil Young’s song Rocking in the Free World. (Here is a YouTube reference: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvxxdZpMFHg.) Sending me a smart phone selfie video is fine. If it’s bigger than 10megs I’ll send you a DropBox invitation. Thank you. Trace Burroughs, Choir Director, burroughsmedia@gmail.com.
Posted 2/27/2018. Expires 4/27/2018.

Upper Ridgewood Community Church seeks contralto and bass soloist/section leader

The Upper Ridgewood Community Church has a long-standing tradition of choral excellence, and seeks two accomplished musicians to serve as soloists and section leaders for the church’s Chancel Choir. URCC is conveniently located near the HoHoKus, NJ train station on NJ Transit’s Bergen/Main Line. Choir members are flexible and willing to assist colleagues with transportation to and from local mass transit. The Chancel Choir is a group of people who share a love of music and each other, and strive to deepen the worship experience of the congregation with their music.

Successful candidates will sing for weekly Sunday service, 9:15 AM-11:00 AM. Soloists also lead their respective sections in weekly rehearsals, which are held immediately after the Sunday service, from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM. There are no additional rehearsals during the week. Soloists sing for 3-5 summer services as scheduled in advance by the Choir Director. Soloists also sing regularly as a quartet for services, during Communion and other sections of the service as scheduled by the Choir Director. Remuneration: $51.50 for rehearsals and $61.50 for services, for a total of $113 per week. There are occasional additional services for events such as, but not limited to, Good Friday and Christmas Eve. The choir’s recent repertoire has included works by J.S. Bach, G. F. Handel, Gabriel Fauré, John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen, Craig Courtney, Dan Forrest, Howard Helvey and a wide variety of others.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance or equivalent
  • a vocal range of: F3 to F5 (contralto) or E2 to E4 (bass)
  • strong sight-reading skills
  • the ability to vocally blend with other musicians
  • an interest in performing a wide variety of vocal/choral literature
  • take responsibility for securing a qualified substitute in the event they must be absent from a service or rehearsal.
Interested singers should send a cover letter, resume and list of references (minimum of 3) to the Choir Director of URCC at mikeroth@optonline.net. Previous candidates need not re-apply.
Posted 2/20/2018. Expires 4/20/2018.